• Who to Turn to at Your Child's School

    When your child has learning and attention issues, you may need to be in contact with a number of staff members at your child’s school. Not sure who to contact about various topics? You can save time and energy in the long run by finding out who to go to ahead of time.

    First look at the list of who to turn to at your child’s school, to see which issues, concerns and questions each person can help you address. There may be some overlap, so it can be helpful to print out the page for reference.

    Then, work with your child’s school to fill out the contact list with the correct names, phone numbers and email addresses.

    Older kids will likely have different teachers for each subject. You can use the teacher contact list for middle and high school to keep track.

    Be sure to keep your contact list handy for future reference!                                          

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  • What is Your Child Eating For Lunch

    Parents are fundamental contributors to their child’s success. Whether you pack your child’s lunch or purchase it from school, it is important to monitor nutritional choices. Lunch provides the energy necessary to continue learning through the rest of the school day.

     

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  • Time Out - Does It Really Work

    Time-out is a common technique used by many parents in an attempt to suppress negative behaviors while disciplining their children. Despite a controversial past, research supports the use of time-out in conjunction with positive behavioral techniques. In other words, if parents implement time-out appropriately, it can go a long way to curb negative behaviors and make way for positive behaviors to shine.

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  • Temper Tantrums or True Disorder?

    As children grow and develop, they face opportunities to learn to respond appropriately to and identify their feelings and emotions. When encountering new and/or stressful scenarios, children may “misbehave” on occasion during this process. Children may talk back, act out, or refuse to follow directions. However, when these behaviors begin repeatedly interfering with the home environment, social activities, and school, it may be an indication something other than emotional growing pains is at play.

     

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  • Active Parenting Promotes Successful Child Development

    Active parenting involves the direct teaching of essential, age-appropriate skills to a child and greatly enhances the process of learning. Active parenting happens as you recognize teachable moments within your everyday activities and create meaningful experiences for your child. Teachable moments occur within your daily routines and family rituals. When parents incorporate consistency, structure, and positive feedback into these lessons, they build a motivated and confident child.

     

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  • Helping Children Understand and Deal with Emotions

     Learning how to manage emotions is an important aspect of emotional development. Children learn to manage their emotions by watching the examples set by significant adults in their lives– parents, teachers, caregivers, etc. When children watch their parents have yelling and screaming tantrums when they’re angry, they are more likely to carry out the same behaviors. Parents can help children learn to manage their behaviors by teaching them to identify their emotions by name and express them in acceptable ways.

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  • Teaching Time Management at Home

    Time-management skills must transition from school to home. This article offers strategies to help your children continue learning and understanding the importance of time-management skills.

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  • Dear Parents....10 Things Your Child's Teacher Really Wants to Know

    For you parents with children just beginning their school career, or if you are "old hats" cranking up for yet another year, there are some things your children’s teachers really want you to know.

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  • Vitamin Zzz

    During sleep, our bodies are hard at work preparing for the next day. Problem solving, decision-making, controlling our emotions and coping with change are affected by how much or how little sleep we get. Lack of sleep affects a child’s ability to think, learn, and get along with peers. Getting enough quality sleep at night can benefit a child’s health and development through adulthood.

     

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  • Anger Management for Parents

    Being a parent, is the toughest job on the planet.  Sometimes keeping your cool as a parent isn't easy especially when your chld is pushing your buttons.  This is a brief article on managing your anger as a parent.

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